The selfie is here to stay but not everybody who takes a selfie is so permanent. In fact, while millions of people every day manage to take a selfie without any particular harm coming to them; there are others who haven’t been so lucky just as we’re about to see. What they have in common is a certain lack of common sense combined with an inability to understand that there are times when a selfie might be best left untaken. With that in mind, we bring you a collection of 18 people who died for their art and for their selfie.
#18 She Touched a Live Wire and Now She’s Not Alive
Anna Ursu was only 18 when she decided that she’d take the selfie to end all selfies. She climbed up onto the roof of a train and then raised her leg to show how cool she was. The leg came into contact with the live wire; she wasn’t cool anymore, as she burst into flames. She died with nearly 50% of her body burned away.
#17 The Point Blank Selfie
An unnamed gentleman from Concrete, Washington failed to take some basic safety precautions with his gun and whilst capturing his firing iron and himself in an intimate situation – he shot himself in the face. Fatally. Apparently, he’d thought that the weapon was unloaded even though he’d just loaded it before taking the shot. (Excuse the pun).
#16 The Last View From the Bridge
Our next knocker on heaven’s door was the unfortunate Sylwia Rajchel from Poland who took a holiday in Southern Spain. She fell in love with the Puente de Triana bridge and decided she had to have that perfect selfie right on the edge of the bridge. Then she fell off, onto concrete and died in hospital after having been revived following a heart attack.
#15 The Taj Mahal And The Land Of The Falling Sun
Japan is famous for its rising sun but when a Japanese tourist headed to the Taj Mahal, India’s most famous landmark, it wasn’t rising but falling that got him killed. He pulled out his selfie stick and stood on some stairs to get the perfect photo and then he fell down the stairs and perished in the hospital instead.
#14 Blown Away
It’s not just Americans who get a little excited when playing with guns. Oscar Otero Aguilar was playing with a gun as a prop for his selfie when it discharged and fatally wounded him. Oscar, unfortunately, passed away on the trip to the hospital. Ironically, Oscar had hundreds of selfies on his Facebook profile page.
#13 Three For The Price Of One
Death can often be a lonely experience but it wasn’t for three Indian students in the town of Mathura. Three of them headed down to the tracks to take a selfie as they jumped out of the way of a speeding train. They didn’t jump fast enough and all of them got a free ticket to heaven on the front of the train.
#12 There Goes The Bride
Colette Moreno was heading to her bachelorette party when she decided to grab a selfie but unfortunately for her things took a terrible turn. Colette’s friend’s driving was a little off and the car slammed straight into an oncoming truck. The bride-to-be never did see her wedding day. Just another example of how a selfie can kill.
#11 He Would Do Anything For Love
It takes a certain amount of dedication to fly 7,000 miles to your first date but that’s what the photographer James Nicholas from the UK did to meet his South African beau Cheynee Holloway. Sadly for James, she fell off a cliff whilst trying to find the perfect selfie pose and the date ended with an unexpected bang.
#10 A Bridge Too Far
Railways and bridges are bad places to take selfies, as you’ll have learned by now, but that didn’t deter 17-year-old Xenia Ignatyeva from climbing a railway bridge for her selfie. Then she fell off and caught the live wire on the way down; the rest is, sadly for Xenia, history as she was electrocuted to death.
#9 The Not So Happy Song
On April 26th, 2014 a woman by the name of Courtney Sanford uploaded a selfie of herself driving with the words “The Happy Song makes me so Happy” the time was 8.33. At 8.34 her car swerved across the center of the highway and ploughed into and under a truck. She was killed instantly.
#8 #SelfieOlympics or #DarwinAwards?
Oscar Reyes fell from his bathroom door whilst wearing a Sponge Bob outfit in order to win recognition in the #SelfieOlympics. Sadly for him, he’s more likely to be getting a posthumous Darwin Award for doing something really daft to remove himself from the gene pool. When he fell from the door he hit his head and passed away.
#7 You Don’t Play Russian Roulette This Way
This may be the crowning glory of selfie suicide. Two Russian gentlemen decided the perfect selfie would consist of themselves and a hand grenade. Then they decided it would be best if they pulled the pin on the grenade. To make things slightly amusing the only item to survive the blast was the phone they’d been using to capture their selfie.
#6 Washed Up and Out to Sea
Spare a moment’s thought for poor Chezka Agas of the Philippines. She’d been celebrating her friend’s birthday on the beach when she went for a selfie in front of the windmills of Bangui (a popular destination) and a freak wave swept her out to sea and captured her life rather than her picture.
#5 Triple Tragedy in Mumbai
Dying during the act of taking selfies is very popular in India but it’s usually just one person doing something daft. In 2016 in Mumbai three different girls died at the same spot on different occasions trying to take selfies on rocks near the Arabian Sea. Unsurprisingly, it’s now against the law to take a selfie there.
#4 Double Trouble
Portugal’s Cabo de Roca is a renowned beauty spot and the perfect place for a walk or a bit of hiking. However, it pays not to get too near the cliff edge when you want a selfie as the Polish couple who fell off in 2014, right in front of their young children, tragically discovered and both were killed on impact.
#3 Bullish Prospects? No Such Luck
David Lopez visited the sleepy town of Pamplona in Spain. Except once a year Pamplona isn’t sleepy at all; it’s the day they run the bulls of the county through the center of town. David decided that the best place for a selfie was in amongst the charging bulls. It wasn’t. He was gored to death instead.
#2 Save The Last Rap For Him
Ramon Gonzalez was a Reggaeton star from Puerto Rice who tragically cut his own career short. He decided the best place for a selfie was on his motorbike… while he was riding it. Right after he took the shot he lost control and found himself being run over by another vehicle. Ramon died immediately on impact.
#1 A Stunt Selfie Ends Badly
Our last unfortunate selfie death was the Instagram user known as Drewssik. He had a penchant for reckless selfies and his account is full of death-defying shots of him taking foolish risks for a photo. He was only 17-years-old when he chose the wrong shot and fell to his death.
The selfie isn’t going to go away. The prevalence of smartphones means that it’s easy for someone to take a shot of themselves at any time to share with their friends and family. Yet, it’s important to take a little time to think when you pose for that selfie; there’s not a photograph in the world that’s worth your life as the 18 unfortunates here discovered the hard way. Always look around you and always examine the risk of the shot before charging forward with your camera outstretched. You can always keep the memory even if you can’t get the shot.